Routledge Edited Volume 2017 / MEDIA


Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound

Edited by Christine Guillebaud

© 2017 – Routledge

240 pages

Series: Routledge studies in Anthropology


Multimedia documents



Part 1 Listening into others

Olivier Féraud – Noising the City / Revealing Popular Neapolitan “Soundciabilities” in Pyrotechnical Practices

Part 2 Sound displays and social effects

Christine Guillebaud – Standing out from the crowd / Vocal and sound techniques for catching peoples’ attention in an Indian bus stand


Pierre Manea – Melodic Refrains in Japanese Train Stations / The Management of Passenger Behavior through the Use of Electric Bells

Part 3 Sound identity and locality

Heikki Uimonen – Acoustic Communities Represented / Sound Preferences in the Scottish Village of Dollar


Vincent Battesti – Mics in the Ears / How to Ask People in Cairo to Talk about their Sound Universes


Iñigo Sánchez – Mapping out the Sounds of Urban Transformation / The Renewal of Lisbon’s Mouraria Quarter


Claire Guiu – Listening to the City / The Sonorities of Urban Growth in Barcelona

Part4 Sound arts and Anthropology

Vincent Rioux – Tribute to a Footbridge / Dance and Sound Spaces Improvisations in Choisy-le-Roi


Jean-Charles Depaule – Not just tones, noises too! On sound poetry